Patch: Notes app cover

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Modifies Notes app cover to make the note text legible. Good for using Notes app as a simple task or shopping list.


Requires patchmanager.

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Application versions: 
sailfishos-patch-notes-cover-0.3-1_2.1.1.noarch.rpm7.35 KB18/09/2017 - 02:26
sailfishos-patch-notes-cover-0.2-1.noarch.rpm7.84 KB28/11/2015 - 16:55

0.3 - Compatibility update with SFOS 2.1.1


olf's picture

@alina: I really like "Notes app cover", which enables one to read short notes, while the Jolla Notes app is minimised (another great, little tool you implemented: Thanks a lot!).

But unfortunately this only works for the (single) currently active note in the Notes app, thus I thought of:

[Feature suggestion / enhancement] If technically feasible, please implement a "left arrow: <--" and a "right arrow: -->" on the cover of the Notes app, which allow to cycle through all notes without maximising the Notes app.

explit's picture

Hi Alina. I can't activate this patch on Jolla C / Does it somehow conflicts with some other patches?

alina's picture

I don't think so. It just modifies the single file of Notes app cover. Please make sure you've installed the latest version (0.3).

olf's picture

@alina, I concur with @explit, "Notes app cover" v0.3-1 --is indeed-- seemed to be conflicting, with at least one of the Patches I have installed. After disabling a few Patches, without finding a conflicting one, I put this issue aside, yesterday. Now, seeing that others are facing the same issue, I may try to spend some more time determining which Patches this one conflicts with, next weekend.

@explit, please report, if you discover a specific, conflicting Patch (as I would restrict my testing to check, if there is another conflicting Patch in my set of installed Patches, then).

olf's picture

@alina: Sorry this seems to have been a "false alarm".  Reinstalled "Notes app cover" (I had uninstalled the RPM meanwhile), retested applying it: No Patch conflict, anymore!?!

Well, nice to have "Notes app cover" applied now, but this experience (I tried on two Jolla 1 phones yesterday, which have a slightly different set of Patches installed; now it applied nicely on both) leaves an uneasy feeling behind WRT Patchmanager's functions.  BTW, it was seeing the update to v0.3-1, which made me install "Notes app cover", hence it is unlikely (unless I really missed to update the repo data before installing it, twice) that I originally installed an older version.

Well, supposedly not your business, so what ...

@explit: Can you reproduce that or does "Notes app cover" still fails to apply on your device(s), after having v0.3-1 (and definitely this version) reinstalled?

alina's picture

Thank you for your effort and explanation BTW.

olf's picture

Well, meanwhile (and in accordance with your comment below), I believe @explit and me may really have accidentally installed an older version of "Notes app cover" (thus Patchmanager 2 correctly refuses to apply it).  Why else would reinstalling it fix the issue (for me, at least).

alina's picture

If you use Warehouse it's very probable. As I've seen for many packages, updating the repp won't update the current package version; you need to go back once and enter the app page again to see the up-to-date version.

olf's picture

I absolutely agree (and still primarily use Warehouse; should finally switch to using Storeman) and believe that this bug in Warehouse consistently (i.e. always) occurs.  That's why I wondered, if I really forgot about it, twice.  Well, seemingly I did (and supposedly @explit, too).

olf's picture

This is a bug in Warehouse, it happens with other repositories in OpenRepos (which contain freshly uploaded RPMs), too.

The only reliable way to update metadata of a repository in Warehouse seems to be its "Check for updates" function, which updates all repositories' metadata.

The evil usability flaw of Warehouse is, that fresh RPMs are nicely displayed on its front page, but without running a complete "Check for updates" (which is quite slow), one may end up installing an older RPM, even if one tries to update a single repository's metadata on a specific application pages (which does not immediately update the displayed version number there), goes back to the front page, enters the application page again (then the fresh version number is displayed), and finally installs the application.

So it is really time to switch to Storeman, which already is a lot faster, looks way nicer, has sophisticated comment functions, etc.  Up to now I did not trust it as much as Warehouse, as Storeman is quite new (so this is more caution than a real reason), but now I realise that there are substantial reasons not put much trust in Warehouse.

melmoth's picture

totally agree with Alina. everytime I see cover I want to close this app. but I have a request, i do no use any patches but would like to implement this one but without patchmanager. does it require editing CoverPage.qml and what exactly to chage/which parameter? lightly checked that file and it seems 'textwrap' can be one parameter. what do you suggest.

thanx, robert

alina's picture

You can see the patch diff file to see what changes you should make in what files. You should remove the lines starting with minus (-) and add the ones with plus (+). Before making any changes, you'd better to take a backup of the original file.

You can save this file and replace the original file.

melmoth's picture

file is backed up. i used your file. everything is OK. beautyful, thanks a LOT.

OrpsJolla16's picture

I prefer a lot more default theme by jolla, it's actually cool and well done. Notes is one od the most well done jolla apps in my opinion. Just open the app to see the note when you need it, if you need for shopping you're first using the wrong app(you want something like check list app, I described the difference on a comment on Jolla store), notes as the name implies is just a note taking app, and second if you really want to use it then open it and lock the screen with the note opened

alina's picture

Ok, so you don't need to use this patch.

But I completely disagree, because the app cover is to preview the content – whatever it is – and the preview should be legible and usable.

Edit: Oh, I just checked the Notes app description in the store, the developer themselves meant this app for tasks. Please see the screenshots in the store.